Debdeep Misra performing at Golpark Ramakrishna Mission – Raga Yaman



By Debdeep Misra, FFM Ambassador for India

“Indian classical music is a genre of South Asian music.It has two major traditions: the North Indian classical music tradition is called Hindustani, while the South Indian expression is called Carnatic.”

Indian classical music has two foundational elements, raga and tala. The raga forms the fabric of a melodic structure, while the tala measures the time cycle.

Indian classical music is a genre of South Asian music.It has two major traditions: the North Indian classical music tradition is called Hindustani, while the South Indian expression is called Carnatic.

The raga gives an artist a palette to build the melody from sounds, while the tala provides them with a creative framework for rhythmic improvisation using time.

There is no concept of harmony in Indian classical music. 

Here Debdeep Misra performs raga YAMAN……WHICH IS INDIAN CLASSICAL RAGA. Yaman emerged from the parent musical style of Kalyan Vilambit bandish  ” kahe sakhi kayse ke ka kariye”
Debdeep Misra
Debdeep Misra, FFM Ambassador for India



बाबा (राजकुमार श्यामानन्द सिंह) की याद में …


अंकुर बीप्लव द्वारा

आज सुबह जब रियाज़ कर रहा था, उसी वक़्त  मुझे अपने बचपन की याद आ गई जब मैं अपने दादा जी से मिलने देवघर  (झारखण्ड ) गया था और वहां दादी माँ के कैसेटों के संकलन से सुबह -सुबह जौनपुरी की बंदिश ऐ रि फिरत एक दमदार आवाज़ में सुना.

उस वक़्त तक मैं राग से अनजान था, सुर का भी ज्ञान नहीं था लेकिन गीत सुनकर मैं डूब गया। गजब का आकर्षण था उस आवाज़ मे . बाद में दादी माँ ने बतलाया वो कोई और नहीं उनके पिता जी स्वर्गीय राजकुमार श्यामनन्द सिंह की आवाज़ है। मैं बहुत ख़ुश हुआ था।

बाद के  वर्षों में जब मेरी थोड़ी और रूचि बढ़ी तो मैंने राजकुमार श्यामानन्द सिंह की आवाज़ में “दुःख हरो द्वारिकानाथ ” को सुना और ऐसा लगा कि वो सच मे कितने दिल से द्वारिकानाथ को याद किया करते थे . जितनी बार इस भजन को सुनता उतना और सुनने का मन करता. यहीं से शास्त्रीय गायन से मेरा लगाव बढ़ा।

बाद में राजकुमार श्यामानन्द के बारे में ख़ूब सारी जानकारी इकट्ठा करने लगा। उनका जन्म 27 जुलाई 1916 को हुआ था.उन्होंने अपनी शुरुआती संगीत शिक्षा उस्ताद भीष्मदेव चटर्जी से ली थी.बाद के दिनों मे उस्ताद बच्चू खान साहब  और पंडित भोलानाथ भट्ट से भी उन्होंने संगीत की शिक्षा ली थी.

जैसा की मेरे घर में पापा बताते हैं की उनकी दुःख हरो द्वारिकानाथ भजन को सुनकर केसरबाई जैसी गायिका  ने उन्हें अपना गुरु बनाने की इच्छा जताई की थी.जब भी कोई इनके गाने को सुनता तो वो बस सुनता ही रह जाता था। सबसे खास बात इनके गाने की वो थी बंदिश की अदायगी .

वैसे मेरी दादी माँ यह भी बताती है की बाबा (राजकुमार श्यामनन्द सिंह) शिकार के भी बहुत शौक़ीन थे.वे स्पोर्ट्स मे भी उतनी ही रूचि रखते थे. मैं सोचता हूं कि बाबा एक जीवन में कितना कुछ कर गए। उनके बारे में सोचकर ही रोमांचित हो जाता हूं।

आज 9 अप्रैल 1994  के दिन ही उन्होंने गाते गाते ही अपने प्राण त्याग दिए थे. ये मेरा सौभाग्य  है कि वो मेरे पापा के नाना जी थे. लेकिन मुझे इस बात का दुःख है की मै उनसे कभी मिल न सका ना उन्हें गाते सुन पाया . तो भी यह सोचकर गर्व होता है कि मैं उनके परिवार का हिस्सा हूं। वो सच मे एक गायक नहीं साधक थे.


FFM Indian Ambassador Debdeep Misra to Perform at Golpark Ramakrishna Mission



Debdeep is an Indian Classical Music Singer of the ancient Indian tradition. He will be performing at the GOLPARK RAMAKRISHNA MISSION on the 7th April from 6pm. All are invited but if you are not in this part of India or, not in India at all, you can see Debdeep’s concert here at FFM via the Live Lounge.

Good luck Debdeep and much love from your friends around the world!!

Debdeep Misra, International Ambassador for India.



SPIC MACAY- An Indian Cultural Movement…


Just saw a post on Facebook which gave the details of the SPIC MACAY’s 6th International Convention at IIT Kharagpur. The organisation has came too far and has been successfully fulfilling its primary objectives.

Spic Macay
Prof. Kiran Seth
An organisation which was the vision of a young IIT Kharagpur Graduate, started in a small room, in order to spread Indian music, culture, and heritage to youth across the country, Spic MACAY was started by Kiran Seth.
Prof Kiran shares that many people opposed the idea initially. “When we started, most people were of the opinion that there were many more important problems that faced mankind.
Many of my colleagues, friends and relatives often asked me why I was wasting my time on ‘gaana bajaana’. I must admit that I was often confused and did not know whether I was on the right track, but some intuition kept me going.”
Keeping the goal of connecting the youth with something which is their own, which is something to be proud of, was what Prof. Kiran was after. SPIC MACAY not only introduces the students or the youth to the Indian classical music, dance, folk music, yoga and other fields of Indian culture but also tries to develop their interest in these fields.
An organisation which started just as an unique experiment has worked effectively for many students, helping them in understanding the fine art of living.
Spic Macay
Pt Jasraj at performing at SPIC MACAY’s concert
Over the past decades of Spic MACAY’s existence, its activities have comprised of performances and workshops on folk and classical arts held in different educational institutions across the country which has been made possible by a strong volunteer force.
The organisation has grown organically, falling, but rising each time, and learning all the way. The organisation believes that experiencing performances, and learning of unknown art forms not only instills a sense of appreciation among the youth, but also shows us how pluralistic our country is. It shows us how rich our culture is and how unknown we are to it.
The biggest challenge the movement faces is the lack of funds. As per the policy of the organisation, participants pay no fee, and the organisation solely depends on donations, and government, corporate, and individual grants and sponsorships.
With exposure to the fine arts over the 40 years, Spic MACAY’s work has helped the Indian youth to take pride in being Indian, appreciate the rich and pluralistic culture of the country, and to also become sensitive to others around them.

Read more about Ankur Biplav

What Music Defines Indian Youth Culture? By Ankur Biplav



What music defines Indian youth culture?






Ankur Biplav
By Ankur Biplav, Indian Musician

When we think of the music that defines our current youth culture, genres like hip hop, jazz and indie music come to  mind. We are living in an era of autotune and lip sync where anyone or everyone can become a singer. On the other hand, classical music is probably one of the genres which many youth would be least likely to identify.

But, the notion of youth towards classical music is changing. The young superstars of any genre of music are the icons for  society and so is the case with classical music. The young maestros are the icons for the youth. The young maestros, who not only are great performers, but are also imparting the rich culture and tradition of Indian Classical Music to the generation next.

Ustaad Waseem Ahmed Khan
Ustaad Waseem Ahmed Khan

Ustaad Waseem Ahmed Khan, who comes from the great lineage of traditional musicians of Agra Gharana, is one of the finest vocalist of Agra Gharana in the country currently. The musicians of the Agra Gharana play with laya, weaving in words, to make patterns around the beat. Khayal in the hands of the performers from the Agra School is a progression — from the abstract to the concrete and from the divine to the human.

All these can be seen in the singing of this maestro.He took his initial taalim from his grandfather Ustaad Ata Hussain Khan and also his father Ustaad Naseem Ahmed Khan. Later, he joined ITC Sangeet Research Academy where he took his taalim under Ustaad Shafi Ahmed Khan. Currently, he is imparting his knowledge of music to the future generation as a faculty at ITC Sangeet Research Academy.

Smt. Kaushiki Chakrabarty
Smt. Kaushiki Chakrabarty

The sweet, melodious and the divine voice Smt. Kaushiki Chakrabarty, one of the most promising classical vocalists of Patiala Gharana of this generation. The famous thumri of Patiala Gharana “Yaad Piya Ki Aaye”, Kaushiki in her unique style has not missed a chance to impress the audience with this thumri, whenever and wherever she sings.

She, born into a musical family learnt music under her father Pt. Ajay Chakrabarty who himself is a legendary vocalist. She, with her mellifluous and melodious voice and her mastery over various ragas has made the music lovers her fan across the globe. She is also regarded as the “torch bearer” of the Patiala Gharana.

A very rising Shisya of a very able guru, Pt Omkar Dadarkar shisya of Pt Ulhas Khasalkar are two such great musicians of the country who can sing the gayaki of Agra, Jaipur and Gwalior gharanas with equal ease.

Omkar Dadarkar
Omkar Dadarkar

Omkar Dadarkar was previously a scholar at ITC SRA and now he is also imparting his unique style of singing to the generation next. Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar has been awarded to him in 2010 for his services to the Indian Classical Music.

The Indian Classical Music is very unique. In order to truly appreciate/learn this style of music, one must have patience and a true love for musical prowess. For current youth, it’s a process to enjoy Hindustani classical music, and it takes some research to find the right songs and proper singers as well. The complexities of the art include the taal (beats), the thaat (notes specific to certain raags), and the coming together of melody, beats, and scales that take years – even decades – to master.

But, one must understand that there is no need to understand music as along as it gives you peace and happiness. There are many musicians like- Ankita Joshi, Arshad Ali Khan, Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra, Brajeswar Mukherjee who are not only great performers but are also passing the rich ethos and tradition of Indian Classical Music to the next generation. The time will soon come when people, especially the youth will have Indian Classical Music in their playlists. Because Indian Classical Music is not only a music to ears but also a music for soul.

To Conclude, Ustaad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan talking about Indian Classical Music said-“If in every home one child was taught Hindustani classical music, this country would never have been partitioned.”

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Study With Debdeep Misra – Indian Classical Singer


You can now study with Debdeep Misra online or in residence. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn the art of Indian Classical Singing with an authentic highly qualified musician of note.

Born in 1993, Debdeep Misra the grandson of legendary vocalist Pandit Bishnu Sebak Misra of Benaras gharana(piyari gharana) loved music enough to start listening, appreciating and learning at a very tender age of four under the guidance of his mother smt. Banani Misra-one of the desciples of Pt. A.kanan and Vidushi Girija Devi and his father who is disciple of pt. Mani lal Nag.

Few years later,Debdeep’s formal training started under Pt. Tushar Dutta.

Since 2006,Debdeep is under the tutelage of veteran vocalist Pt. Aniruddha Bhattacharya

Debdeep has given quite a few recitals organised by connaisseurs in various places like Westbengal,Kolkata,Mumbai,Delhi,Ranchi,Varanasi where he featured among the stalwarts of classical music. Inspired by Swami Vivekananda,Debdeep worked hard and got the chance in Ramakrishna Mission Vivekanada Vidyamandir Malda.

Award:

• Debdeep is awarded with “GIRIDHARI RATNA SAMMAN” in 2017 by Puravai sannskreetikala vikaashkendra Kolkata.

• He has got “ PANDIT TRIMBAKRAO JANORIKAR SASHTRIYA GAYAN ” award by Gaanwardhan Pune in 2017.

Achievement and Degree:

• In 2004,got enlisted within top ten from all over India in Ravi kichlu golden talent contest.
• In 2016,secured 2nd place in all India music competition organised by Vistar.
• Debdeep has earned “Sangeet Prabhakar” degree from Prayag sangeet samiti of Allahabad.
• He has earned “Sangeet Bisharad” degree from Prachin Kala Kendra of Chandigarh.
• Along with classical music,Debdeep has completed his masters in physics.

Few Noted performances:

1. India Habitat Centre – New Delhi-2017
2. Concert organized by swar sadhna samiti – Mumbai-2017
3. Subah – e-benaras -Varanasi -2017
4. Kala vithika Apurva pratibha mahotsav – ICCR Kolkata-2017
5. Concert in Bhowanipore sangeet sammelani – Kolkata-2017
6. Concert organized by Admires of tagore,shyamoli–Ranchi-2017
7. Ustad Abu daud sangeet sammelan –Malda-2016
8. Concert organized by Sur Archana group– Nazrul mancha kolkata-2016
9. Pandit Bishnu sebak Misra sangeet sammelan-Malda-2015,2008
10. Concert organized by sangeetam-Malda- 2003,2004

Press report:

• Hindusthan 5-3-2017- “Morning started with raga lalit”. Varanasi,at assi ghat in subah-e-banaras,Debdeep embellish the stage with raga lalit.

• Punya nagari-pune- 25-5-2017- Debdeep Misra,(paschimbangal) has got pt.Trimbakrao Janorikar sashtriya gayan award.

• Lokmat –pune-25-5-2017- Debdeep is awarded with pt. Trimbakrao Janorikar sashtriya gayan award.

• Good morning-pune-25-5-2017- Gaanwardhan present sashtriya gayan award distribution-Debdeep Misra,paschimbangal(pt.Trimbakrao Janorikar) award.

Contact No:

Phone: +919775946546
+918981155902

Email: debdeepmisra@gmail.com

Address: Greenpark,Pandit Bishnu sebak Misra sarani,PO: Mokdumpur,Dist:
Malda.Pin-732103

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Much love and happy music making,

Roger Moisan.




Introducing – Ankur Biplav

Ankur Biplav has been singing and learning Hindustani classical music for the last 14 years. Ankur is studying with Guru Ustad Waseem Ahmed Khan. He comes from agra gharana and currently he is learning music under him. He came from a small town, Purnea which is situated in the state  of Bihar. He started learning music at the age of 4 from Shri Amarnath Jha. Shri Amarnath is the disciple of the late Rajkumar Shaymanand Singh who is also his maternal Grandfather.

Ankur performs regularly and writes about Indian Classical music and dance. You can read Ankur’s work here. He is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science-Mass Communication degree at Xavier University Bhubaneswar.

Ankur Biplav

Introducing Debdeep Misra – FFM Ambassador for India

Debdeep Misra

International FFM Ambassador for India

Born in 1993, Debdeep Misra the grandson of legendary vocalist Pandit Bishnu Sebak Misra of Benaras gharana(piyari gharana) loved music enough to start listening, appreciating and learning at a very tender age of four under the guidance of his mother smt. Banani Misra-one of the desciples of Pt. A.kanan and Vidushi Girija Devi and his father who is disciple of pt. Mani lal Nag.

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Few years later,Debdeep’s formal training started under Pt. Tushar Dutta.

Since 2006,Debdeep is under the tutelage of veteran vocalist Pt. Aniruddha Bhattacharya

Debdeep has given quite a few recitals organised by connaisseurs in various places like Westbengal,Kolkata,Mumbai,Delhi,Ranchi,Varanasi where he featured among the stalwarts of classical music. Inspired by Swami Vivekananda,Debdeep worked hard and got the chance in Ramakrishna Mission Vivekanada Vidyamandir Malda.

Award:

• Debdeep is awarded with “GIRIDHARI RATNA SAMMAN” in 2017 by Puravai sannskreetikala vikaashkendra Kolkata.

• He has got “ PANDIT TRIMBAKRAO JANORIKAR SASHTRIYA GAYAN ” award by Gaanwardhan Pune in 2017.

 

Achievement and Degree:

• In 2004,got enlisted within top ten from all over India in Ravi kichlu golden talent contest.
• In 2016,secured 2nd place in all India music competition organised by Vistar.
• Debdeep has earned “Sangeet Prabhakar” degree from Prayag sangeet samiti of Allahabad.
• He has earned “Sangeet Bisharad” degree from Prachin Kala Kendra of Chandigarh.
• Along with classical music,Debdeep has completed his masters in physics.

Few Noted performances:

1. India Habitat Centre – New Delhi-2017
2. Concert organized by swar sadhna samiti – Mumbai-2017
3. Subah – e-benaras -Varanasi -2017
4. Kala vithika Apurva pratibha mahotsav – ICCR Kolkata-2017
5. Concert in Bhowanipore sangeet sammelani – Kolkata-2017
6. Concert organized by Admires of tagore,shyamoli–Ranchi-2017
7. Ustad Abu daud sangeet sammelan –Malda-2016
8. Concert organized by Sur Archana group– Nazrul mancha kolkata-2016
9. Pandit Bishnu sebak Misra sangeet sammelan-Malda-2015,2008
10. Concert organized by sangeetam-Malda- 2003,2004

Press report:

• Hindusthan 5-3-2017- “Morning started with raga lalit”. Varanasi,at assi ghat in subah-e-banaras,Debdeep embellish the stage with raga lalit.

• Punya nagari-pune- 25-5-2017- Debdeep Misra,(paschimbangal) has got pt.Trimbakrao Janorikar sashtriya gayan award.

• Lokmat –pune-25-5-2017- Debdeep is awarded with pt. Trimbakrao Janorikar sashtriya gayan award.

• Good morning-pune-25-5-2017- Gaanwardhan present sashtriya gayan award distribution-Debdeep Misra,paschimbangal(pt.Trimbakrao Janorikar) award.

 

Contact No:

Phone: +919775946546
+918981155902

Email: debdeepmisra@gmail.com

Address: Greenpark,Pandit Bishnu sebak Misra sarani,PO: Mokdumpur,Dist:
Malda.Pin-732103

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How an Indian maestro is taking classical music to the masses





India’s southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras) is witnessing a musical revolution of sorts.

Leading the way is celebrated classical musician and Ramon Magsaysay award winner TM Krishna.

The Carnatic music vocalist has critiqued the south Indian classical music industry for being under the dominant preserve of the upper-caste Brahmin community. He wants to create more inclusive egalitarian spaces where the arts of all communities come together in the city.

To that effect Krishna has been seen across Chennai, on various platforms, taking his music outside the hallowed portals of the city’s prestigious sabhas or music halls, setting a personal example.

Krishna took his music, spoken of in sacred terms by most performers, to a fishing village on the shores of the Bay of Bengal in Chennai.

Open to the sky and sea, the entire village served as a concert hall for the alternate festival, the Urur-Olcott Kuppam Vizha that “celebrates oneness” this month.

Krishna has joined hands with Nityanand Jayaraman, a prominent social activist, to make the village a venue for holding open-air concerts with the aim of “bringing down barriers, equalising spaces and de-classing the arts”.

“Krishna is using art to heal differences and break stereotypes and liberate the art to new spaces,” says Mr Jayaraman.

Chennai festival
Image caption Classical music concerts are now held in fishing villages in Chennai

The festival included a coming together of different forms of music and art alongside Carnatic music.




The music of the marginalised – devotional music by a community of transgender people and dirges of Chennai’s slums, for example – are being taken to “a concert space for the first time,” says Krishna.

He has even hosted “concerts in spaces symbolic of day-to-day life”, such as in crowded public buses and and railway platforms across Chennai.

Krishna believes that this effort is an important step “in addressing many cultural and artistic hegemonies and hierarchies”.

Unusual

Krishna is an unusual Indian maestro who has taken the traditionally upper-caste classical music to the lower-castes and disprivileged.

He has travelled to war-ravaged Jaffna in Sri Lanka to perform and engage with Tamil students.

And back home, he has engaged in unconventional activities, like setting the lyrics of song by a local alternate rock band called Kurangan to Carnatic ragas (The basic musical modes which denote “moods” in Indian classical music) and releasing a video to highlight the environment degradation unfolding in a local creek.

“Such collaborations from the traditional world of Carnatic music with other genres and current issues make it more accessible”, says Kaber Vasuki of Kurangan.

Coming from the orthodox traditions of the south Indian classical music world, Krishna’s outreach programmes are, many believe, a first of its kind.

Chennai
Image caption Chennai’s marginalised musicians are performing in public ‘concert’ places

David Shulman, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the languages of India, writes of Krishna as one, “for who music is a medium for public moral statement and an instrument for making peace”.

Krishna’s Magsaysay award citation read that Krishna saw Carnatic music “was a caste-dominated art that fostered an unjust, hierarchic order by effectively excluding the lower classes from sharing in a vital part of India’s legacy.

Politics of art

He has questioned the politics of art and made an active effort to widen his knowledge about the arts of the Dalits (formerly known as untouchables) and non-Brahmin communities.

Moved by the persecution of Tamil novelist Perumal Murugan whose writings on caste angered Hindu groups, Krishna set to music and sang an evocative poem of the writer.

Carnatic music, traditionally set to songs composed by Hindu devotional poets of the 17th Century and beyond, is a genre associated with southern Indian classical music.

Dated more than 2000 years ago, it evolved from the devotional canon of hymns and verses set to tune as musical prayer offerings in temples across southern states.




From the temples it found its audiences in the courts of kings and by talented performers.

Later it moved to concert halls across the southern cities. Chennai’s famous Carnatic music “season” – held from December to January – is a century old.

TM Krishna
Image caption Krishna wants to make classical music egalitarian

Musical concerts are held across Chennai and these concert halls are frequented by the upper castes as patrons and with predominantly Brahmin performers.

A century later Krishna is calling out his community of classical musicians to make their music more meaningful by sharing its beauty with all kinds of people.

By Sudha G TilakDelhi